State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?

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Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities—from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets—but with so much labeled as “sustainable,” the term has become essentially sustainababble, at best indicating a practice or product slightly less damaging than the conventional alternative. Is it time to abandon the concept altogether, or can we find an accurate way to measure sustainability? If so, how can we achieve it? And if not, how can we best ...
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Overview

Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities—from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets—but with so much labeled as “sustainable,” the term has become essentially sustainababble, at best indicating a practice or product slightly less damaging than the conventional alternative. Is it time to abandon the concept altogether, or can we find an accurate way to measure sustainability? If so, how can we achieve it? And if not, how can we best prepare for the coming ecological decline?

In the latest edition of Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World series, scientists, policy experts, and thought leaders tackle these questions, attempting to restore meaning to sustainability as more than just a marketing tool. In State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, experts define clear sustainability metrics and examine various policies and perspectives, including geoengineering, corporate transformation, and changes in agricultural policy, that could put us on the path to prosperity without diminishing the well-being of future generations. If these approaches fall short, the final chapters explore ways to prepare for drastic environmental change and resource depletion, such as strengthening democracy and societal resilience, protecting cultural heritage, and dealing with increased conflict and migration flows.

State of the World 2013 cuts through the rhetoric surrounding sustainability, offering a broad and realistic look at how close we are to fulfilling it today and which practices and policies will steer us in the right direction. This book will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, and students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics.

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Editorial Reviews

President of Natural Capital Solutions and author of <i>Climate Capitalism</i> - Hunter Lovins

"State of the World 2013 cuts through the rhetoric surrounding sustainability, providing a broad and realistic look at how close we are to achieving it and outlining practices and policies that can steer us in the right direction…. A must read for those seeking authentic sustainability."
Executive Director, Eco-Justice Ministries - Reverend Peter S. Sawtell

"This is a book of hope for a world in profound crisis. It gives honest assessments of the enormous challenges we face, and points us toward institutional and cultural changes that are proportional to our dire situation. State of the World 2013 reaffirms that we are not helpless, but that we have real choices, and that transformation is both possible and desirable."
publisher of Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability - Karen Christensen

"State of the World 2013 cuts through 'sustainababble' with crisp coverage that puts the news of the year in context and provides an expert survey of today's and tomorrow's big issues. It's a perennial resource for everyone concerned about our common future."
President, Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions and Founder, Center for a New Ame - Betsy Taylor

"Every elected official in the world needs to read this book. Mass denial is no longer an option. An 'all hands on deck' approach to transforming our culture and economy is the only path to a safe, resilient future. This book is the blueprint for that safe path forward."
co-founder, Bioneers - Nina Simons

"State of the World 2013 assembles the wisdom and clarity of some of the Earth's finest thinkers, visionaries, and activists into a dazzling array of topics that merge to offer a compellingly lucid and accessible vision of where we are—and what is the wisest and healthiest course for the future."
EcoLibris

"...there is definitely something in this book for everyone. Easy to read, and understand..."
Reference & Research Book News

"The last section's suggestions for preparing for global environmental disaster will drive home the importance of adopting sustainability measures immediately. The book features a wealth of b&w photos and summary tables throughout, including a photo-illustrated one-year timeline."
Choice

"This important book is masterfully written by 52 collaborators with exhaustive expert knowledge of a wide sweep of disciplines. The contributions are knit together with fine editorial control... This book should be required reading for every incoming class of college students and a selection for community reading groups everywhere ... Highly recommended."
- Peter Singer

State of the World 2013 is a powerful collection of articles, and the vision behind it is impressive. Here is a book that gets beyond ‘sustainababble’ and asks the tough, essential questions. It should make readers more determined than ever to do their part in avoiding planet-wide disaster—and better informed about how to do that.”
he Party's Over - Richard Heinberg

“This edition forges a new path for the [State of the World] series, and for environmental thinking in general…. A pivotal book that marks a defining moment for our species.”
Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

"I am a big fan of the State of the World series and this is my favourite volume so far....it covers topics of crucial importance today...a comprehensive reference for teachers, researchers, consultants and policy and planning specialists whose work touches on environmental sustainability—and a great text for students whose studies cover that area."
Against the Current

"Its global focus is a strength in drawing out the trends and interrelationships among worldwide environmental events and their impact on all the systems that human populations depend on."
Choice

"This important book is masterfully written by 52 collaborators with exhaustive expert knowledge of a wide sweep of disciplines. The contributions are knit together with fine editorial control... This book should be required reading for every incoming class of college students and a selection for community reading groups everywhere ... Highly recommended."
Anthem EnviroExperts Review

"On the strength of its comprehensive reach and insights, State of the World 2013 should be of considerable interest to both newer and older audiences."
CHOICE

"This important book is masterfully written by 52 collaborators with exhaustive expert knowledge of a wide sweep of disciplines. The contributions are knit together with fine editorial control... This book should be required reading for every incoming class of college students and a selection for community reading groups everywhere."
Eco-Libris

"...there is definitely something in this book for everyone. Easy to read, and understand..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610914499
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Series: State of the World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 398,062
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Founded in 1974 by farmer and economist Lester Brown, Worldwatch was the first independent research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental concerns. Worldwatch quickly became recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Now under the leadership of population expert and author Robert Engelman, Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
State of the World:A Year in Review \ Alison Singer
Beyond Sustainababble \ Robert Engelman
 
PART I. The Sustainability Metric
-Respecting Planetary Boundaries and Reconnecting to the Biosphere \ Carl Folke
-Defining a Safe and Just Space for Humanity \ Kate Raworth
-Getting to One-Planet Living \ Jennie Moore and William E. Rees
-Sustaining Freshwater and Its Dependents \ Sandra Postel
-Sustainable Fisheries and Seas: Preventing Ecological Collapse \ Antonia Sohns and Larry Crowder
-Energy as Master Resource \ Eric Zencey
-Renewable Energy's Natural Resource Impacts \ Shakuntala Makhijani and Alexander Ochs
-Conserving Nonrenewable Resources \ Gary Gardner
 
PART II. Getting to True Sustainability
-Re-engineering Cultures to Create a Sustainable Civilization \ Erik Assadourian
-Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in-Society-in-Nature \ Robert Costanza, Gar Alperovitz, Herman Daly, Joshua Farley, Carol Franco, Tim Jackson, Ida Kubiszewski, Juliet Schor, and Peter Victor
-Transforming the Corporation into a Driver of Sustainability \ Pavan Sukhdev
-Corporate Reporting and Externalities \ Jeff Hohensee
-Keep Them in the Ground: Ending the Fossil Fuel Era \ Thomas Princen, Jack P. Manno, and Pamela Martin
-Beyond Fossil Fuels: Assessing Energy Alternatives \ T. W. Murphy, Jr.
-Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment \ Phillip Saieg
-Agriculture: Growing Food-and Solutions \ Danielle Nierenberg
-Protecting the Sanctity of Native Foods \ Melissa K. Nelson
-Valuing Indigenous Peoples \ Rebecca Adamson, Danielle Nierenberg, and Olivia Arnow
-Crafting a New Narrative to Support Sustainability \ Dwight E. Collins, Russell M. Genet, and David G. Christian
-Moving Toward a Global Moral Consensus on Environmental Action \ Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson
-Pathways to Sustainability: Building Political Strategies \ Melissa Leach
-Moving from Individual Change to Societal Change \ Annie Leonard
 
PART III. Open in Case of Emergency
-Teaching for Turbulence \ Michael Maniates
-Effective Crisis Governance \ Brian Martin
-Governance in the Long Emergency \ David W. Orr
-Building an Enduring Environmental Movement \ Erik Assadourian
-Resistance: Do the Ends Justify the Means? \ Bron Taylor
-The Promises and Perils of Geoengineering \ Simon Nicholson
-Cuba: Lessons from a Forced Decline \ Pat Murphy and Faith Morgan
-Climate Change and Displacements \ Michael Renner
-Cultivating Resilience in a Dangerous World \ Laurie Mazur
-Shaping Community Responses to Catastrophe \ Paula Green
-Is It Too Late? \ Kim Stanley Robinson
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